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We spend plenty of time helping people plan the perfect migration safari, with tips on where to go when to catch this awesome spectacle. All our planning would be for nothing if we didn’t have some great guides on the ground. This blog pays tribute to one of these marvellous migration hunters, Emmanuel Njawa from Nomad Tanzania.
Serengeti migration safari
Emmanuel Njawa was born in western Tanzania. After finishing high school, he studied at the Civil Service Training College prior to joining the Department of Security and Intelligence. He worked there for seventeen years before the need for a change in career prompted him to resign in 1993. In 1994 he embarked on a guide training course, prompted by a new found love of nature and the outdoors, and started his guiding career as a mountain guide, leading trips up Kilimanjaro and Meru. He then managed a private game reserve on the western side of Kilmanjaro before leaving for southern Tanzania and the Selous Game Reserve as an assistant lodge manager and guide at Sand Rivers Selous. When Nomad Tanzania formed he became part of the new company and today is one of their main guides.
How long have you been guiding in the Serengeti?
EN: Over twelve years
What’s your favourite time of year in the Serengeti, and why?
EN: June and July because of the good weather (dry and cool), probably one of the most comical times of the year because of the wildebeest rutting
What’s been your most memorable migration moment?
EN: There are so many…The calving in the plains of the Southern Serengeti ; the rutting in the central Serengeti; The tension of drinking water in a Grumeti River full of crocodiles (western Serengeti) and the Mara River Crossing in the Northern Serengeti.
What top tip/s would you share with guests wanting to see the migration?
EN: Catching the migration depends on what time (Month) and where you are; For example in the Southern Serengeti you will be talking about calving and probably about abundance of Cheetah.
In the Central and Western Serengeti you will be talking about rutting.
In the Northern Serengeti you will be talking mostly about the Mara River crossing.
What’s the biggest challenge of running/ working out of a mobile camp?
EN: The biggest challenge is the weather. Put simply, good weather = high value; bad weather = less value
What’s the most bizarre request you’ve ever had from a guest?
EN: Request of seeing a kill
What do you love most about your job?
EN: The challenge of meeting new people and giving them the best value for their time and money
Finally, where’s the migration right now?
EN: The migration is at Kirawira and Grumeti (western Serengeti)